The Ministry of Defense announced the criminal liability for mercenaries in Ukraine

Foreigners fighting on the side of Kyiv and detained by the Russian military will face “at least” criminal liability, the Defense Ministry warned. The DPR Prosecutor General's Office previously reported that mercenaries could face the death penalty “The Ministry of Defense announced criminal liability for mercenaries in Ukraine” />

Foreign mercenaries who participate in hostilities in Ukraine on the side of Kyiv will face at least criminal liability, the Ministry of Defense said in Telegram.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

“In accordance with international humanitarian law, mercenaries are not combatants, and the best that awaits them is criminal liability.” ,— says the department's publication.

Attempts to guarantee them legal protection in accordance with international conventions, such as their inclusion in the list of military units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine or the National Guard or the issuance of “fresh passports” to them; citizens of Ukraine, “none of them will be saved,” the Ministry of Defense said.

Combatants (from French combattants— “belligerents”) are people who are directly involved in hostilities as part of the armed forces of one of the parties to the conflict, and as such have a special legal status.

Once in the hands of the enemy, combatants have the right to be treated as prisoners of war, and they are also exempt from criminal liability, since under international law, the military is only liable for crimes not caused by military necessity.

This statement applies not only to military personnel, but also to the militia and volunteer units that openly carry weapons and have decals.

About how the law works in relation to prisoners of war, RBC wrote in the article “How trials of prisoners of war from Azovstal can be organized.

The Ministry of Defense also claims that since the beginning of May “virtually dried up” the influx of foreign mercenaries into Ukraine participating in hostilities against the Russian armed forces. “According to the data at our disposal, today the total number of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine has almost halved, from 6.6 to 3.5 thousand people. At the same time, the number of mercenaries in the combat units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the National Guard in the Donbass has decreased by orders of magnitude,— the department reported.

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By the beginning of May, the Investigative Committee of Russia opened criminal cases against 75 mercenaries participating in the battles on the side of Ukraine. According to investigators, they came from the US, UK, Canada, Norway, Georgia and other countries. The cases were opened on the basis of the testimony of Ukrainian prisoners of war who are in Russia.

The Prosecutor General's Office of the Donetsk People's Republic reported that in relation to a group of foreign mercenaries from Great Britain and Morocco, who often participated in the preparation and conduct of hostilities against the republic, they could apply the death penalty.

"The materials of the case were transferred to one of the republican courts for consideration on the merits, as a result of which capital punishment can be applied to the accused, taking into account wartime— death penalty»,— Viktor Gavrilov, head of the department for the investigation of crimes against the peace and security of mankind of the Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General's Office of the DPR, spoke.

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